Sunday, 20 July 2014


I've made an ICT in MFL display which I hope to put up for next year. All of these are on TES if you'd like to use them in your own departments. Can you think of any important ones I've missed?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014


Here's a great idea that one of my lovely Y7 set 4 boys came up with in order to help him remember tricky spellings while preparing for his writing assessment.

I know this method has been around for years - even at the age of 25 I still find myself saying "dashing in a rush, running hard or else accident" (not that this is a word I have to spell often!) - but for some reason I'd never thought about using it in MFL.

After I found the technique worked for one student I asked him to share this with the class and encouraged them to use it as well. They came up with some ridiculously silly sentences but it really did help them to remember the spellings.

Have you done anything like this with your students? Do you have any better techniques for learning spellings? I'm open to new ideas!

Sunday, 13 July 2014

GCSE Spanish: Vocabulary Cards

To go alongside the Spanish vocabulary games on Memrise, I've also typed up sets of vocabulary cards which I'll print out onto different coloured card (that way the sets don't get mixed up) and give to students to match up. All of this vocabulary was taken from the AQA GCSE Spanish Revision Guide.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Spanish Tenses Booklet

With my Year 10 and Year 11 students this year I have found that I've become so consumed with preparing them for their controlled assessments that there just hasn't been enough time to thoroughly go over the tenses. So, in order to prepare my current Year 9 Spanish classes for Year 10 I'm going to spend the last few lessons of the year revising tenses with them. I think I'll group them by ability for these lessons.
I've made a tenses booklet of questions which covers the present, the immediate future, the future, the conditional, the preterite and the imperfect, as well as some of the irregulars.
I plan to give these to my students to complete and will also encourage them to use the Independent Learning Folders. Here's an example of one of the sheets in there.
These sheets explain what the different tenses are and how to form them. The QR codes lead them to websites and games which can help them even more if they still don't understand it, so I need to remember to book the iPads for these lessons. All of these sheets are on TES if you'd like to use them with your own classes.
Once they've finished, I'll then give them the answer sheets so they can check their own work.